Bent­ley happy to go home with point

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The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Mark Gould

MORECAME boss Jim Bent­ley deemed him­self sat­is­fied with tak­ing a point from Ch­ester­field, de­spite the Spireites play­ing the last halfhour with ten men.

Bent­ley saw Ch­ester­field stop­per Tommy Lee pro­duce a fine late save to keep out Lewis Alessan­dra af­ter Conor Townsend had seen red for the hosts.

The Hull City loa­nee was ad­judged to have el­bowed More­cambe cap­tain Will Haining in the 64th minute.

Townsend had ear­lier pulled Paul Cook’s men level with a curl­ing 25-yard free­kick five min­utes be­fore the break – his first Foot­ball League goal – af­ter Chris Mc­Cready had given the Shrimpers a 29th minute lead at the Proact Sta­dium.

“I think it was a fair re­sult,” said Bent­ley. “When a team goes down to ten men and you have 11 it can be dif­fi­cult, but to be fair to them they kept coming at us.

“They were prob­a­bly a bit more threat­en­ing than us at that time in the game.

“Their keeper has made an un­be­liev­able save from Lewis at the end. I was right in line with it and it was a su­perb save.

“Over­all, a draw was prob­a­bly the right re­sult. It was end to end and swing­ing both ways, but I’m pos­si­bly a bit dis­ap­pointed we didn’t cre­ate more chances to­wards the end.”

Mc­Cready’s goal was awarded by the as­sis­tant ref­eree who called that his header had crossed the line de­spite the best ef­forts of Lee.

The best chances in the sec­ond half came late on as Danny Whi­taker placed a shot wide and Lee su­perbly de­nied Alessan­dra.

Ch­ester­field coach Mark Cross­ley re­vealed the club is un­likely to ap­peal Townsend’s send­ing off.

“It wasn’t ma­li­cious what he did for the send­ing off,” he said.“I don’t think we will ap­peal the de­ci­sion but we will have an­other look and then de­cide.

“It was an ac­ci­dent but he did catch him, so it’s a dif­fi­cult one.

“We’re dis­ap­pointed that we didn’t win the game; we had the bet­ter chances.

“Roche has pulled out a cou­ple of good saves for them, but Tommy has pulled off a mir­a­cle save in the last minute.

“When they scored we were dis­ap­pointed that we were con­ced­ing set pieces.

“It’s im­pos­si­ble to tell whether the ball crossed the line.

“Credit to the lines­man for mak­ing a brave de­ci­sion say­ing that the ball crossed the line.Tommy told me at half-time that he wasn’t sure whether it had or not.”

Bent­ley added:“You’re not al­ways go­ing to play well, es­pe­cially at this time of the year. I came here two months ago and watched them, but Cooky has got them play­ing much bet­ter nowa­days.”

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